VANSHA FARMING (PTY) LTD
The farm was initially purchased in 1997 and was operating as a fruit farm. The Directors Vernon and Lesley Cole decided at a fairly early stage that the fruit business was not what was wanted and with the help of Jerry Parker an old business colleague who was an ex tobacco grower from Malawi converted the farm to growing wine grapes. Initially the plan was to sell to the local co-op but the temptations to produce the farms own label started the farm on its current route.
Fortunately in many ways not having experience in the growing of wine grapes was a blessing as we went out to get expert advice which in the main has served the farm well as the vineyards developed.
In 2000 we did a small production of Vansha White followed by the 2001 Ridgeback Shiraz for which we were fortunate enough to get a five star John Platter award . This in many ways led to the rapid development of a wine cellar, Wine tasting centre and restaurant perhaps naively thinking the wine business was an easy business which clearly over the future years has proved otherwise.
At this time and for several years our wine maker was Cathy Marshall who went on to concentrate on her own brand and was very ably replaced by our viticulturist and assistant wine maker Toit Wessels, who has gone from strength to strength having won a number of awards both locally and internationally.
Determining the brands name really was really very easy we had a choice of a Bore bull wine from the dogs we had or the farm dog Rudolph a Ridgeback which sounded much better on a bottle of quality wine. The second label Vansha was derived from Vanessa the Directors daughter and Shaun their son. We currently are developing an entry level wine named Lion Hound for the export market.
The choice of Ridgeback was also identifiable with the directors background in Zimbabwe. The Ridgeback originates from South Africa where legends and stories abound of their exploits and bravery in the African bushveld. Their tenacity and ruggedness are symbolic of the pioneering spirit of Africa.
The Ridgebacks pedigree, character and stature are reflected in all our red wines and we have a comprehensive portfolio of award winning wines covering Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and our Flag ship Shiraz and Masters Choice .Our whites cover Chenin, Sauvignon Blanc and our very special Viognier.
Apart from our Wine tasting centre and restaurant we now have a four star guesthouse and the emphasis on the farm is to provide a welcome to our guests in a very comfortable yet professionally run environment.
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